nearness in place, time, order, occurrence, or relation.

Origin of proximity

First recorded in 1475–85, proximity is from the Latin word proximitās nearness, vicinity. See proximal, -ity
Related formsnon·prox·im·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of proximity

Historical Examples of proximity

  • She dropped into her chair, with a flash of resentment at the proximity of the other table.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The situation was, however, complicated by the proximity of the Afghan frontier.

  • He believed afterward that before he saw him he had felt the proximity of Slade.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • She made him appear at his best, but she cheapened that best by her proximity.

  • Does that mean that I should take advantage of its proximity and leave?

British Dictionary definitions for proximity



nearness in space or time
nearness or closeness in a series

Word Origin for proximity

C15: from Latin proximitās closeness; see proximate
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Word Origin and History for proximity

late 15c., from Middle French proximité "nearness" (14c.), from Latin proximitatem (nominative proximitas) "nearness, vicinity," from proximus "nearest, next; most direct; adjoining," figuratively "latest, most recent; next, following; most faithful," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity).

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